Personal Retreats

3+ Nights with Meals Included

Focus & Rest With an All-Inclusive Personal Retreat

Creativity is all You Need at the Barn at Boyds Mills

  • Comfortable lodging with private bathrooms and work spaces
  • Additional work and meeting spaces around the retreat center (including outdoor options)
  • 3 farm-fresh meals per day and unlimited snacks included (eat with others, or take your meal to go)
  • 2.5 miles of hiking trails adjacent to campus over the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains
  • Time and space to relax and focus
  • Free on-site parking, or choose transportation options from local hubs
  • Choose a stay length of three nights or more, with accommodation options to fit your needs
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Can’t find the dates you want? Having trouble booking? Contact us for personal assistance.

If you’re on a deadline and looking for a space to focus, you’ve found it. If you need a change of pace to spark creativity and passion, it’s here.  If you need a break from distractions to reflect or get some work done, we can help.

See More Photos and a Virtual Tour

A personal retreat at the Barn and Retreat Center at Boyds Mills will give you the time and space you need to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.  Every accommodation option includes a personal workspace, and you’ll find various spaces around the grounds to get work done or take a nature walk if you need a change of pace or some inspiration.

They’re great for writers, business people, creatives, and anyone else who needs a focused yet relaxing retreat in a beautiful setting that’s still close to Northeastern US cities.

Working Solo at a Picnic Table“Hard to put into words but the whole experience was magical. Being in a nurturing bubble, totally immersed in writing was amazing. No newspapers, no TV, no laundry to do or meals to cook, just writing.”All meals and food are included.  You can choose to eat in a group setting if others are on the property, or you can take your meals back to your room.

You can also bring colleagues, friends, or family members (over 18 years old) to retreat with you.  Some rooms can accommodate more than one person for sleeping, or we can work with you to situate your accommodations close together.  Small groups can schedule a small group retreat, and groups of 10+ can schedule a large group retreat.

Learn More About the Spaces and Places on Our Campus

Lodge at Our Center


Choose from private cabins, our Lodge, or the Farmhouse.


Work and Meeting Spaces

We have options for working alone, gathering, and more.

Cheese Board


Learn about our meal and snack offerings, all included.

Circle of Cabins

Virtual Tour and Photos

See our beautiful property and facilities.

Now Booking Stays Through the End of 2024

Please note: Openings for personal retreats vary with the planned capacity of our retreat center.  Availability can be limited in the winter and high seasons.  We can open the retreat center with a confirmed booking of 10+ people in the winter.  More dates may also become available as capacity shifts.  See the booking links below for more information.

The easiest way to find open dates online is to click the booking button below, then click “Choose the dates of your stay.”  Dates available for check-in are highlighted in the calendar interface.

If you are looking for a specific type of lodging only (i.e. Lodge only), click the booking button below, then click “Lodging and Pricing,” and then click More Details+ or Availability+ under the lodging type you want.  Scroll the window that pops up to see an Availability Calendar for that lodging type only.

To get help from our team on finding open dates, to get on a waitlist for closed dates, or to book your group, please contact us.

Book Your 2024 Personal Retreat Now

Can’t find the dates you want? Having trouble booking? Contact us for personal assistance.

Inquire about booking a group.

Booking Your Personal Retreat

About Your Stay

Personal retreats have a three-night minimum.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All personal retreat guests must be 18 or older.

The price of your retreat will vary depending on the length of stay and the lodging type you choose.

Our all-inclusive prices mean we provide private lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Learn more about how to get here, including shuttle service options from nearby airports and bus stations.

Learn about check-in and check out.

Find more information about planning your stay.

Booking Your Stay

Book your stay here.

As you book, you will be able to select your preferred lodging options based on availability for your stay dates.  See interactive views of our cabins, lodge rooms, and our historic farmhouse to help make your decision here.

Current available dates are derived from the planned capacity of our Retreat Center.  More personal retreat space often becomes available as our capacity shifts.  To get ask for another date or time frame, contact us at the Highlights Foundation.

If you don’t see availability for your preferred lodging type on the dates you are interested in, or if you are having difficulty finding available dates, we welcome you to contact us at the Highlights Foundation.  We can help you locate a stay that works for you.

Cancellation Policy

You are welcome to cancel for a full refund up to a week before your arrival. Any cancellations after that time are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. If you would like your cancellation fee refunded due to a family emergency, illness or weather-related events, please contact us.

See More Information About Planning Your Visit

Book Your Personal Retreat Now

Can’t find the dates you want? Having trouble booking? Contact us for personal assistance.

Need help getting here?  Get information about transportation options.
Looking for retreats and workshops with schedules, lectures, and feedback?

See online and in-person workshop options for children’s authors and illustrators with the Highlights Foundation.